July 1, 2021

Come Rain or Shine

I did the first of a series of walks with people that will happen over the next two years yesterday. It was quite gorgeous, light and yet in depth. If you‘re interested in joining a walk, read on. 

Come Rain or Shine.
Putting time aside to connect 
A different kind of wealth

Hello.
My name is Jo and I would like to invite you for a walk, a wander, a meander - a step in the direction of how does it go from here?

Where’s it start?
Underneath these words 
- CREU GWIR FEL GWYDR O FFWRNAIS AWEN
- IN THESE STONES HORIZONS SING
Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

When?
11am on Wednesday 29th September, 2021

How long will it be?
One hour

Who’s invited?
This walk invites anyone who is interested. 

Does it cost anything? 
No

Why do I walk?
I walk when I meet someone new
when I get stuck 
to clear my head and get real
to see nature
to get a sense of where I live
to get a feel for the big picture
to hear more and maybe learn a thing or two
to take the long route and hang out in the unsolved
to throw about a social issue
to take up space and imagine it all belongs to everyone.

to cultivate trust
for pleasure and ecstatic [well] - being
for exercise
to be with people  
to spark a new friendship
to turn over a confusing, frustrating, infuriating mess
to see if we can unblock something
to protest
to calm down  
to join stuff up 
to have an epiphany or three

Or simply, to put one foot in front of the other 

My name is Jo Fong. I am an artist and newly appointed Creative Associate at WMC.
I will be walking at 11am every last Wednesday of every month from June 2021. These walks have no expectations and there is no evaluation form at the end. I don’t mind if there are 2 people, 20 or 200, there is much to gain, yet with little effort.

Please do share. 
AND so you know, there is no need to book a place, just pop it in your diary and turn up. If you have particular access needs you’d like to be known please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Regarding COVID. We will be outdoors the whole time and we want everyone to feel comfortable and be safe. Please keep this in mind. 
Look after yourselves and the people around you.
www.jofong.com
www.whatwillpeopleneed.com
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July 1, 2021

Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts

Jo and Sonia are planning a trip to Sweden to perform Neither Here Nor There at Vitlycke in Sweden. All being well performances will take place on the 2nd and 3rd September 2021. For more information on the centre see the LINK

 
July 1, 2021

WMC – Creative Associates

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay has introduced its first cohort of 8 artists.

Find out more about the artists and the two year programme HERE

June 10, 2021

First public performances of 2021!

We’re going for it

In August I’m heading to Findhorn once again.

Rise Festival at Dance North is usually in May, this time they have an artist visiting each month.

First will be me and Eddie Ladd sharing Neither Here Nor There on the 14th and 15th August then the following weekend on the 21st and 22nd Anushiye will arrive and we will present Marathon of Intimacies for the first time with a live audience.

Keep up to date with the whole festival HERE

 
May 22, 2021

Our Land – Estuary Festival 21

Artist Jo Fong, Sonia Hughes, Lisa Mattocks and Andrew Westle have come together to collaborate on a new work called Our Land. Its one of over 90 artworks and events along the stretch of the Thames Estuary. For details click HERE

Estuary 2021 is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary.

Taking place on the river itself, and along the 107 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks, discussion and events explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the estuary.

Artworks set in the landscape, online and within Covid-safe venues, explore the estuary through the lens of contemporary concerns, including climate justice, protest and rebellion, imperial legacy and the rich, often overlooked stories of its diverse communities, bringing new audiences to a deeper understanding of the estuary.

Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent).

March 30, 2021

What will people need?

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Here and Now Jo has been collaborating with four local conversationalists.

So far, we have come into conversation with a celebrant, counsellor, charity worker, gardener, protestor, mother, clown, a duty manager and many more

All care takers in their own way.

There will be a planting day at BAC on the morning of the 1st May 2021 to remember the people we have lost.

To find out more and contribute your voice to this archive of voices for this time click HERE

We’re definitely not through this and there is no doubt that there are more difficult times to come.

Though we live in and out of hope, the seasons keep coming, the small things keep us going and then there are other moments where we need to stand our ground or travel against the flow of powerful voices and decisions.
What is success? Getting to 2022 with grace perhaps? Or can we do this together? Or are there things we will need to start again and do it differently?

 

What will people need? is a project that invites us to join the conversation, look gently to the future and acknowledge what and who we need to remember.

www.whatwillpeopleneed.com

March 9, 2021

Marathon of Intimacies

Jo Fong and Anushiye Yarnell are sharing some work as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 21 on 11th March at 7pm.
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February 9, 2021

2021- Still Arting

Its going pretty well here - last year was simply knackered, this year somehow getting somewhere with this remote working, a couple of nice projects going on and some sharing happening which feels important at the moment.
A couple of things you And If you have students they might be interested in
I’m leading a workshop with artist Sonia Hughes at Arts Admin soon called 
Nettles: How to disagree?
 
I’ve started this
Its Early days at Battersea Arts Centre
Do contribute if you would like to
And
I’m sharing some work as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 21 with Artist Anushiye Yarnell on 11th March 7pm. It’s called Marathon of Intimacies.
 
 
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Photo Noel Dacey
And
A conversation on “Liveness” with artist Matthias Sperling
25th March
All day event
Even talking about liveness with Matthias is somehow invigorating
 

November 10, 2020

Anushiye Yarnell and Jo Fong

Jo and Anushiye have begun working together on a new performance and short film called Marathon of Intimacies

Created and performed by Anushiye Yarnell and Jo Fong

Marathon is a word associated with endurance and winning

Intimacy is overused in describing performance

These two words marathon and intimacy don’t fit together

All the intimacies that have been part of our lives, could they be with us while we're dancing.

Jo

“For me, this film with Anushiye emerged from our walking in parks and talking about race. White rooms, family, shame, power, being heard, justice, presence… in these last months I’ve been searching, looking everywhere around every corner for how my nearly 50 year old body can be a part of the conversation. In 2020, I’ve been practicing saying the truth and with Anushiye I felt I was able to learn to speak the truth. 

The strategy at the moment is small, safe, hyper-local and with purpose. 

And the question I’m holding closely is, “What is unburdened arts practice for women of colour?”

Anushiye 

“Getting what you need... it’s not necessarily what you think you need.

There is a kind of recognition, arriving at the beginning again, which involves not knowing. 

I’m interested in being in the margins- the margins within myself and in life.

This is something that I’m sharing and treasuring with Jo

Our margins meet as a gentle micro riptide. Going out coming in. 

Shedding shame, 

We are both getting what we want from it.

Resonance and difference. 

The complexity, sensuality and movements of consent.

Non destinational care without compromise - a kind of survival.”

Further Credits   

Filmmaker and photography by Lara Ward

   

Commissioned by Surf the Wave and supported by Chapter, Penpynfarch, Arts Council of Wales and Groundwork Pro

August 28, 2020

To Tell You The Truth,

A series of new films created with artist Sonia Hughes for Dublin Theatre Festival

At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of the capital.

28 Sept - 3 Oct 2020

See the FULL programme HERE

Some things have happened in our lives that make us think that this is how things go.

Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes are middle-aged artists who live in Marsden, Yorkshire and Cardiff in Wales. They’ve invited six people who live in Ireland for a one-to-one conversation. The questions are deceptively simple, the answers are incredibly complicated.

It all takes time. Complexity takes time, it requires multiple voices, many levels of expertise and patience in the unspectacular.

Each day a short film will be released of these fresh, unfettered conversations.

To Tell You The Truth is based on Jo and Sonia’s live show Neither Here Nor There.

Venue

Online

Date(s)

28 Sept - 3 Oct, 1pm

Duration

18-30 mins.